Pickled Perch opens with eye to hungry boaters

August 17, 2018 by  

Vermont’s Mallets Bay is a favorite locale of recreational boaters, and a new restaurant hopes to quench their appetites, along with those of food lovers in the Burlington area.

The Pickled Perch opened in Colchester at the end of July, with the goal of serving:

“approachable, well-crafted food that locals can eat on the reg.”

The new restaurant’s location at 97 Blakely Road was formerly occupied by the Bayview Bar and Grill. The menu features an extensive small-plate selection including crab dip, burrata caprese, and empanadas, alongside time-honored entrees such as fried chicken, a barbecue brisket sandwich, and pasta carbonara. Curiously enough, there’s no pickled perch. The menu is likely to change seasonally to make the best use of local ingredients and tastes.

Opening a new restaurant presents many challenges. Owners often find themselves juggling cooking and food orders with getting the word out through flyer printing and poster printing. The Pickled Perch aims to address these difficulties with experienced staff. Elizabeth Keller serves as general manager and pastry chef, while Kevin Sokal (most recently of Hatchet Tap & Table) is the head chef. Summer Batford, the front-of-house manager, has 20 years’ experience and may be a familiar face for Vermonters. If they’re able to make the restaurant a success, there could be lines leading up to it on both land and sea.